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VA businessman claims new NC island ahead of hurricane

Ten months ago a new island formed off Cape Point in the Outer Banks.

Shelley Island – really more of a large sandbar – is only about a mile long. And, if North Carolina gets enough heavy rain and wind from Hurricane Irma, it could be completely wiped out.

But that hasn’t stopped Kenneth M. Barlow, a Richmond, VA businessman, from claiming the island.

From the Charlotte Observer story:

Kenneth M. Barlow, who lives outside of Richmond, filed the claim with the Dare County Register of Deeds on Aug. 7. It cost him just $26, which is cheap for a nearly mile-long island…or sandbar, as some insist. The deed gives him “all right, title, interest and claim” to the island.

“I own this island now. That argument is over,” said Barlow, 59, who is a critic of the National Park Service’s regulation policies on Cape Hatteras National Seashore. “I’ll fight them all the way to the Supreme Court if I have to. The laws are simple. Ownership has been decided. I’m notifying them (the National Park Service) to stay off my property.”

One Comment


  1. Stewart Riley

    September 8, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    What an idiot. The law is quite clear on this: the island (as long as it remains one) is in the Atlantic and is thus in “navigable waters” and the property of the State of North Carolina. He can’t simply lay claim to state land by filing a quit claim deed on land he has no inherent right to. If the island every connects to the mainland (which it might if it lasts) then it will be a part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and NPS property. He’s obviously an ideological crank who has an ax to grind with the NPS, but that’s no excuse for a lawyer ignoring the law so blatantly. If he was a member of the NC Bar, I’d suggest that they discipline him for his abuse of the legal system. There could even be a case made to prosecute him for filing a false claim. At the very least, the attorney for Dare county should file suit to have the deed declared invalid, just to make the point. Make this idiot put up his own money to defend this nonsense and get slapped down by the courts, as he should be.

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